U.S Battery Manufacturing April 2014 Newsletter
U.S. Battery Newsletter

Carbon Additives 
Not The Right Solution
For Sulfation Issues In 
Renewable Energy Applications

There's been some talk recently about the use of carbon additives to reduce the effects of sulfation in renewable energy batteries. Sulfation can occur when batteries are operated in a partial state of charge (PSOC) application, common when batteries are charged with solar cells, wind turbines and other unpredictable power sources. 

Several battery research groups have found that by using various new types of carbon in the negative plates of VRLA batteries, the sulfation issue could be addressed.  "These new carbons are often referred to as smart carbon, hyper carbon, ultra carbon, graphene or nano-carbon," says Fred Wehmeyer, Senior VP Engineering at U.S. Battery Manufacturing. "But they may or may not be composed of carbon nano-tubes that are still too expensive for large scale applications.”

The significance of this is that negative plate sulfation is a phenomenon that applies specifically to VRLA (AGM & GEL) batteries.  Smart carbon technologies intended to address negative plate sulfation in VRLA batteries do nothing to address sulfation of the positive plates in a flooded deep cycle battery, which is the primary issue when these batteries are undercharged or used in PSOC applications. Read the full story on our U.S. Battery Blog. 

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